Forests And Woodlands Resource Management

To provide financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements, to public or private organizations for the improvement of forests on public lands. Improvements will include the maintenance of forest health, forest regeneration, restoration, rehabilitation, insect and disease control, forest development, implementation of stewardship projects and providing for biomass utilization of public lands. For Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded projects additional objectives include: To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.233
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Types of Assistance
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); TRAINING
Uses and Use Restrictions
Projects are limited to forestry projects on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management located mostly in the Western United States and Alaska. For more specific information contact the headquarters office.
Authorization
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737,(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended; and Stewardship End Result Contracting Projects, 16 U.S.C. 2104, Public Law 108-7, Consolidated Appropriation Resolution, 2003, Division F, Title III, Section 323 as amended Public Law 105-277, Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999, Division A, Section 101(e), Title III, Section 347, as amended Public Law 106-113, Making Consolidated Appropriations For the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2000, and For Other Purposes, Division B, Section 1000(a)(3), Title III, Section 341 and Public Law 107-63, Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, Title III, Section 332.; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/General public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/General public.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
For more information and local requirements, cooperative forestry project proposals should be coordinated with Bureau of Land Management local State or District Office. State plan is not required for this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov and must include: a title, objectives, timeframes, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula requirements. However, matching funds are encouraged by the applicants and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. No commitment will be made to fund projects beyond one year. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated each year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended a final report is due 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Projects funded under the American Recovery Act of 2009 will be subjected to additional reporting requirements as described in the announcement packages at www.grants.gov. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly financial status reports using Standard Form 425, Federal Financial Report 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is due 90 days after the end of the grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: BLM continues to maintain and expand partnerships to include funding for continued support of collaborative efforts to build community capacity and support for ecological restoration efforts in forest and woodlands. The public and BLM benefit from its support with partners in heightening public understanding of the social, economic, as well as environmental, aspects of ecosystem restoration and maintenance. BLM awarded stewardship cooperative agreements to the Mule Deer Foundation, American Forests, Society of American Foresters, several resource conservation districts to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, reforestation and restoring resilience to forest and woodlands. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1109-0-1-302; 14-1108-0-1-302 - Recovery Act (14-09/10-1108-0-1-302).
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $150,000; FY 15 est $150,000; and FY 16 est $150,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $1,000 to $450,900. Average amounts approximately $50,000 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief, Forest and Woodland Management, Bureau of Land Management (WO 270), 1849 C St., N.W, 204 LS, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 452-0316.
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/forests_and_woodland.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Stewardship projects that removed vegetation to promote healthy forest stands and reduced fire hazards. Projects that promoted an integrated approach that included local community participation in the developing strategies for biomass utilization, recognizing the connections between biomass utilization and forest restoration, and encouraged sustainable development through a variety of enterprises at different and appropriate scales. Projects that cooperatively supported common goals and interests in managing, developing and protecting federal and private land and water resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner.
The BLM continues to partner with Trinity County Resource Conservation District on the Weaverville Community Forest Stewardship project. This project has treated over 1,000 acres of forest adjacent to the community of Weaverville, California. Project objectives have been to thin the forest in the wildland urban interface and improve forest resilience. Timber value from the thinning has been used to offset the thinning of precommercial trees as well as trail maintenance of local hiking and biking trails. One of the primary employers in Weaverville is a lumber mill which relies on timber supplied from project like this to continue operation. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to Federal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
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